January 20, 2017
Wesleyan Becomes a Tobacco-Free Campus
West Virginia Wesleyan College will launch the official start to a tobacco-free campus on Monday, January 23. In addition, Student Senate, a huge supporter of the initiative, will be buying supplies and putting together “Quit Kits” to have available in the how Health Center. The kits will be donated to the Parish House for shared support. Posters have been distributed around campus reminding people the tobacco-free campus initiative today.
To raise awareness and show support of the Tobacco-Free Campus initiative, students, faculty, and staff are asked to write a poem or change the lyrics to a song to include something about our tobacco-free campus or fresh air the week of Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27.
The poem or song must be presented via a video posted on social media using #IChoseWVWC. Each day, a specific group on campus will be challenged to share their song or poem with the Wesleyan community. It can be a single person, small group, or whole organization in the video. At the end of the week, a winner will be selected out of all video submitted. An individual winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Bobcat Den, or the organization or group, will receive a donation of $50 to the organization or a philanthropy of their choice.
On Tuesday, January 24, the campus will be invited to a Cake Celebration & “Kick Butts” Cigarette Clean-up. At 4:30 p.m., a cake celebrating our tobacco-free campus will be setup at the Benedum Campus Center. From 5 – 6 p.m., volunteers will come together to help rid cigarette litter on Wesleyan’s campus.
The WVWC Tobacco-Free Policy will ensure that the entire Buckhannon campus, including administrative buildings, residence halls, grounds, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, streets, driveways, stadiums, recreational spaces, practice facilities, and all Wesleyan-owned or –leased vehicles, will be devoid of smoking tobacco, nicotine, vapor pens, and smokeless tobacco.
According to the American Lung Association, tobacco-free policies are a growing trend on college campuses across the United States. Today there are approximately 474 colleges and universities that are 100% tobacco-free. West Virginia currently has four campuses that are tobacco-free: West Liberty University, West Virginia Northern Community College, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia University Health Science campus.
The Tobacco-Free Policy stemmed from a faculty-led and most recently a student-led coalition Kayla Hinkley ’16 of Hurricane, WV. The cessation programs were made possible with the help of the Upshur County Tobacco Coalition and the Tobacco Control and Prevention College Grant from the American Lung Association, which awarded Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT) $4,000 for these types of concessions.
For more information on the Tobacco-Free Policy, please visit http://www.wvwc.edu/tobaccofree.
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